Delighted that Niki Bee is coming over to visit from Spain and bringing her wonderful creative energy with her. Niki is an artist who weaves songwriting, dance, beats, voice and guitar with spontaneity and flare! On this visit she will be leading a Flamenco Dance Workshop during the afternoon and performing some of her original songs and dance in the evening….following a session of wine tasting and tapas! I shall also be joining her with some of my own songs in the evening. Promising to be a lovely day out altogether!!
Recently I was approached about starting a choir in Glengarriff. So we decided to set up three sessions to see who we may attract!
This year I have taken the term off from leading my choirs and projects and travelled over to Portugal and Spain….for a break and some inspiration!!
I have been invited to run workshops in a few locations….here they are!
Initially these sessions were set up with forming a singing group in mind, and have now been expanded to provide a facilitated space where people can come together with others to enjoy a variety of music activities such as: playing with rhythms and body-percussion, song writing, and playing instruments alongside singing songs. These sessions are open to anyone who would like to come along, regardless of experience.
My next visit to Naas, Co. Kildare has now been confirmed for the weekend of 4th/5th November and will include an ‘Introduction to Leading Groups in Song’ Training Day on Saturday 4th from 10am-5pm. This day is aimed at anyone wishing to develop their skills in bringing singing into group work. On the Sunday we will have another Singing Workshop which will include exploring body percussion as well as discussion on the possibility of a BIG SING! event into the area next year!
SINGING IS GOOD FOR US!!!
Being around music can bring warmth into a cold day, more joy into your heart, and provide a great environment in which to relax and de-stress. Lisheens House is a fantastic project with the aim of preventing suicide and self harm. In their new premises beside the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen, they have opened a new Music Library where people can come and relax, listen to CD’s – or even try out playing one of the instruments in the room!
In acknowledgement and awareness of the benefits music brings to each individual we have decided to team up and create time for Community Singing as a weekly activity at the Centre on Wednesdays from 3-5pm.
The idea behind this new group activity is to provide a space where ANYONE over 18 years can come along and enjoy singing with others, regardless of experience, in a safe and non-judgemental space. It is a place where you can meet others, have fun, learn a few new songs and maybe share a few you already know, try things out…. or even come and simply enjoy listening if you don’t feel like joining in! We will also share a cup of tea together following the session, creating the time to get to know one another over time.
Please do spread the word and come and join us.
What a delightful sunny day was had spent in the beautiful walled gardens of Myross Wood Retreat Centre, Leap with many singers from at least four different choirs showing up along side members of the public to share food and song together. A big thanks to all who showed up and to Myross Wood for making us feel so welcome.